It's time for another one of my lame book reviews. Oh stop- You know you love them. And by popular request, I will continue my HILARIOUS reading pictures.
This time, I read Run Less, Run Faster from the people over at Runner's World.
I read it while playing hide and seek with the kids.
I read it at story time.
And of course, I forced the kids to read it as well and turn in a 4 page book reports.
The point of the book is that runners of any level can improve their running times by using the FIRST (Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training ) program.
The main point of the book is to use the "3 plus 2" program, where each week you include 3 quality runs, including track repeats, the tempo run, and the long run. On the other 2 days, you incorporate aerobic cross-training workouts, such as swimming, rowing, or pedaling a stationary bike. You take 2 rest days somewhere in there too.
So here's my opinion. I know this book is totally rocking people's world out there. I've read really nothing but positive reviews about this program. However, for a casual runner like myself, it's a little much. I'm not down playing the effectiveness of the plan because like I said, it seems to be a key in a lot of other runner's training.
I was a little bummed because this book says it's for runners of any level, but really, it seemed a lot more directed at people that have ran in some races and are already in great shape. I was looking forward to getting myself on an actual written training program, but I don't think this is the one for me. I have no access to the cross training activities they want you to do: Swimming and biking. Also, a lot of the lingo in this book was over my head too. Tempo runs, track repeats, ect. I was a little lost. I'm not trying to qualify for Boston, which kinda seemed like the point of the book.
The other thing I didn't like about the book is that you would be reading, and all of a sudden in the middle of a sentence, a reader's letter would be thrown in there. Weird!
I think this book would be great for an experienced runner trying to work on their time to qualify for certain big marathons out there. I'll keep looking for something a little more basic for myself.